Village primary school absolutely ‘outstanding’

OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD: Pupils and staff at Weston Hills Primary School have received favourable reports from Ofsted and the Education Division of the Church of England Archbishops' Council.  Photo supplied.
OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD: Pupils and staff at Weston Hills Primary School have received favourable reports from Ofsted and the Education Division of the Church of England Archbishops' Council. Photo supplied.
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Weston Hills Primary School has received more good news in time for the Easter holidays after an “outstanding” grading from Church of England inspectors.

Just a month after the village school was judged to be good in all areas by Ofsted, pupils and staff have been handed another seal of approval, this time from the Education Division of the Church of England Archbishops’ Council.

The school was inspected in February and, in a report from the division, staff were praised for providing “high-quality teaching and learning experiences for their pupils”.

Weston Hills was described as a “very happy and caring school” where pupils made “good progress and achieve well”.

Headteacher Jane Fitzgerald said: “It was a very busy time, with two inspections so close together.

“But the outcomes of both inspections reflect the hard work and commitment of a wonderful team of staff and governors, as well as the fantastic support given by the whole community.”

The primary school was graded outstanding in all areas, including its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a church school, except for the effectiveness of its leadership management.

Inspectors claimed that pupils needed more support in “leading and evaluating school worship”, while the school also needed a “strategic plan” to enable staff and governors to become better church school leaders.

The report said: “Weston Hills is a very happy and caring school where Christian values such as commitment, service and compassion underpin all aspects of the school’s daily life.

“One parent commented ‘This school is fantastic.’”